Milo Yiannopoulos is a polarizing figure. His political views, deemed extreme by many, have been used as an excuse for some rioters at college campuses across the nation, but especially at those schools that actually invite him to come and speak.
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A good example of this occurred at U.C. Berkley Wednesday evening. Yiannopoulos had been scheduled to speak on campus, but the overwhelming student protest turned violent, and Yiannopoulos had to evacuate the campus and the school had to cancel the event.
The incident marks a demonstrable shift in tactics. While many who oppose the current administration’s policies are promoting peaceful demonstrations, others are turning to violence, almost immediately.
The protests in Berkley Wednesday are thought to have been escalated by an organized group that arrived at the start of the protest. Witnesses say many of them wore masks and carried weapons.
Critics of the Berkley riots note that the actions on Wednesday night firmly show that some colleges no longer support free speech. They also have lost all right to claim that the protests are peaceful, as the incidents below clearly demonstrate. Need the visual evidence? Here are six concrete examples.
1. Protesters broke windows at banks, and demolished ATMs in an attempt to get the attention of corporate America.
2. The physical violence crossed the line into battery, too.
3. A Trump supporter got was hit with pepper spray after voicing her support for the President.
4. The irony runs deep. Not only did protesters vandalize businesses that support Democratic politicians, they also Starbucks:
5. Rioters lit fires on and off campus to express their displeasure that Yiannopoulos was going to speak on campus. So much for free speech.
This video is long, but it shows much of the chaos.
6. Protesters again tried the age-old tactic of blocking traffic. While it worked in some places, blocked traffic—but failed at least once and got ran over:
It is unclear just what actions are being taken to prosecute those captured in images and video breaking laws. Early reports suggested that no arrests were made, though authorities now acknowledge that some arrests were made.